Turkish police on Monday dispersed a group of women in the Turkish capital of Ankara who wanted to stage a protest demanding free feminine hygiene products, arresting nine of them, Turkish Minute reported, citing the news site Gazete Duvar.
The women were planning to stage the protest in front of the Turkish Parliament when the police intervened and dispersed the group. The protest was organized by two women’s groups, Kampüs Cadıları (Campus Witches) and Mor Dayanışma (Violet Solidarity).
Ankara’da “regl ürünleri ücretsiz olsun” talepleri için TBMM’ye yürümek isteyen Kampüs Cadısı ve eyleme destek olan Mor Dayanışma üyesi kadınlar engellendi ve göz altına alındı !
— MorDayanışma (@DayanismaMor) January 18, 2022
Access to personal hygiene products has become even more difficult for young girls and women from low-income or low-income families.
A women’s rights group has called on the Turkish government to “follow countries that have made feminine hygiene products free for women” and take the necessary steps to make these products easily accessible to women.
Turkey imposes an 18% value added tax on feminine hygiene products because they belong to the category of luxury goods. The women’s rights group says these products are essential to women’s health and well-being and should at least be tax-free.
According to a report by the Deep Poverty Network, a Turkish civic initiative that has been helping vulnerable people for two decades, a survey of 103 families showed that 82% of them could not afford poverty products. feminine hygiene.
Data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) shows that there has been a 51% increase in prices for feminine hygiene products over the past year.
Turkish workers are overwhelmed by rising prices and are finding it even harder to make ends meet since inflation soared to 36.1% in December following a currency crisis triggered by unconventional economic policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Turkish lira lost 44% of its value against the dollar last year, with the losses accelerating at the end of the year, leading to a significant loss in the purchasing power of the lira, making it even more difficult for the Turks purchasing essential goods and food.